Appeals court halts polygamy land trust stay

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Posted: Apr 15, 2011 8:54 PM
Appeals court halts polygamy land trust stay

A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily halted a ruling that would return control of a $114 million land trust to Warren Jeffs' polygamous church.

The stay issued by Denver's 10th Circuit Court of Appeals blocks a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge in Utah.

It also stops a hearing set for Monday in U.S. District Judge Dee Benson's Salt Lake City courtroom.

The state of Utah took over the trust in 2005 amid allegations of mismanagement. The move has been challenged in state and federal courts.

In its stay order Friday, the appeals court set an April 22 deadline for the parties to file written arguments regarding the case.